How to Connect a PS3 Controller to a Mac Leopard

Written by mark slingo
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There are hundreds of video games that can be played on computers. However, while a computer keyboard can be used to play games, many people prefer to use a control pad in the same way as a console for gaming. You can connect a controller from a Sony PS3 to a Mac with the OSX Leopard operating system by installing a special driver and connecting the device via a USB cord supplied with the PS3.

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    Open your Web browser. Navigate to a website where you can download the driver for Leopard (see Resources). Click on the download link. A ".dmg" file will be downloaded to the "Downloads" folder. Click on this file to unpack its contents. Open the "PS3install.pkg."

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    Click on the "Continue" button in the pop-up window until you are asked to agree to the terms and conditions. Agree to the conditions. Indicate the drive that you will be installing into. Click "Continue." Restart your system.

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    Connect the PS3 controller to the USB cord mini jack. Connect the USB end to the USB port on your Mac.

  4. 4

    Hold the PS button on the centre of the controller for about five seconds. This will register the device with the computer.

  5. 5

    Open the game you would like to use the controller with.

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